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Cerebrospinal fluid samples

A clean, dry container with screw cap should be use.

CSF samples are liable to degenerate rapidly and as such must be prepared immediately. Please contact the laboratory to inform staff of imminent arrival of a CSF sample, and leave a bleep or contact number.

Latest processing time for samples is 15.30 hrs Mon-Fri. CSF samples must be received at least half an hour before this time.

If out of hours sampling is unavoidable, storing the sample in refrigerator at 4°C may help preserve cells for up to 24 hours.



(Last reviewed 27th February 2018)